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Sheriff Clarence F Birkhead issues statement in regards the status of evictions in Durham County

Post Date:03/23/2020 3:50 PM
March 23, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 
 
Sheriff Clarence F Birkhead issues the following statement in regards to inquiries about the status of evictions in Durham County:
 
I am aware of the current challenges facing us in Durham County as it relates to COVID-19. We are all doing our very best to combat this pandemic while continuing to serve the residents of Durham County.  
 
As it relates to Writs of Possession service (evictions), I have been seeking clarification from Durham County Judicial officials on every Writ of Possession that was filed prior to the COVID-19 Pandemic declaration. At this time, I am suspending the service of these judgments until further notice. Although Chief Justice Beasley's order does not specifically address this process, it has been interpreted that under that order a suspension would be allowable.  

Let me say, that as Sheriff I have certain constitutional responsibilities that cannot be halted. With this in mind, I take the safety and well being of every resident of Durham County very seriously. No one has been evicted into a homeless situation as a result of recent orders.  

Together, as one community, we will get through this health crisis allowing the lives of our County's residents to return to normal.


Clarence F Birkhead 
Sheriff Of Durham County
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